By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : May 08, 2020 03:38 IST
PM Modi on Handwara Martyrs: Sacrifice will never forgotten, Condolences to families

PM Modi paid tribute to the soldiers who martyred today in an encounter with a group of terrorists in Handwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.  The Indian Army had been involved in a search operation for a past few days looking for a group of terrorists. The intelligence reports claimed that the terrorists were hiding in a house in Kupwara district of Handwara. Five security personnel including an Army Colonel, a Major, two Army Soldiers and a Jammu & Kashmir Police Sub Inspector were martyred during the operation. Two terrorists also neautralized in operation by Indian Army bravehearts.

PM Modi on Handwara Martyrs

Prime Minister Modi, Chief of Defence Staff, Defence Minister, Indian Army paid tributes to courageous Soldiers who martyred in Handwara encounter. Among martyrs Colonal Ashutosh Sharma, Major Anuj Sood, Naik Rajesh, Lance Naik Dinesh Singh and Jammu Kashmir Police Sub Inspector Shakeel Qazi got martyrdom. In his tribute to security personnel martyred in Handwara, PM Modi said their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. They served the nation with utmost dedication and worked tirelessly to protect our citizens. Condolences to their families and friends, PM Modi tweeted.

Kashmir Police tweeted, 'Based on the intelligence input that terrorists were taking the civilian inmates of a house in Changimulla, Handwara of Kupwara district hostage, a joint operation was launch by Army and JK Police. A team comprising of five Army and JK Police personnel entered the target area occupied by the terrorists to evacuate the civilians.

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The team of Army and JK Police entered the tgt (target) area and successfully extricated the civ. However, during the process, the team was subjected to a heavy volume of fire by the terrorists, the statement added. The Army in a tweet stated that the Chief of Army and all the soldiers paid tributes to the valiant braves of our Army and J and K police for their sacrifice while fighting against terrorists in Handwara.

Defence Minister also paid tribute to martyrs

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed his grief on the incident and tweeted, 'The loss of our soldiers and security personnel in Handwara (J&K) is deeply disturbing and painful. They showed exemplary courage in their fight against the terrorists and made supreme sacrifice while serving the country. We will never forget their bravery and sacrifice.I offer my tributes to the soldiers and security personnel who fell in action. My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones today. India stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of these brave martyrs.'

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